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Sep 12, 2012 9:00am EDT
u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, including the u.s. ambassador there. christopher stevens and a foreign service information management officer sean smith. other names have not been released yet. that violence, of course, triggered by a u.s.-made film that denounced islam. >> we're understanding that secretary clinton is speaking from the treaty room at the state department, so let's bring in nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, and andrea, we've already seen a statement released from secretary clinton. what else are we expecting to hear? >> reporter: we're going to hear her not only express her profound sorrow but also speak to all of the diplomats. this is really a crushing blow to the foreign service, and chris stevens was personally close to the secretary and close to the president. this is someone who was only appointed by president obama, sworn in to office last may. he had had two prior tours of duty. he been in benghazi during the uprising. he had been on the ground in libya, but also as a career foreign service officer and ambassador in other parts
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Sep 12, 2012 6:30pm EDT
, protesters in cairo destroyed the american flag in cairo and egypt, and then in benghazi, where we begin tonight, we have our chief foreign correspondent, richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, we hoped to broadcast in front of the u.s. embassy here in cairo, but had to leave as egyptian security forces clashed with the demonstrators there, pushing them back, using tear gas to try to stop assaults like the ones yesterday, which we are learning much more about. two attacks on u.s. buildings, one here in cairo, spontaneous, passion, harmless, the other in benghazi, focused and deadly. at 4:00, protesters in cairo answer a preacher's call on tv to go to the u.s. embassy to denounce a u.s. video made in the u.s. that insulted islam. they say they want to stop the movie about to premier, by 6:00, the protesters scaled the embassy, ripping down the u.s. flag. nobody is hurt, but egyptian police are noticeably slow to arrive. around 10:00 in libya, the militants attack the u.s. consulate in benghazi. using the grenades, mortars, they set the consulate on fire. witnesses
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Sep 13, 2012 11:00pm EDT
protests in at least 11 different countries. an anti-muslim video sparked angry protests in benghazi, libya where a u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed. the nightly been officials now have arrested an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in that attack. they also say they are closely monitoring others to see if they are linked to the group. the deputy interior minister is now saying the benghazi attack was a two-part operation. they say ambassador chris stevens and the other americans were killed in an initial violence just as libyan and u.s. security forces arrived to rescue the consulate staff. two more americans were killed and a number of others wounded. u.s. officials are also bracing for more violent clashes in other parts of the muslim world. >> there are many muslim leaders who are condemning the attacks. kai reed met with some of them here in maryland who say the attacks were in no way representative of the islamic faith. >> we hope people will come to their senses and to understand that everyone has a right to survive and lived. >> the killing
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Sep 12, 2012 5:00pm EDT
benghazi at time of the attack. it is clear now that these were to a very different instances, a spontaneous uprising that resulted in no casualties in cairo and the guerrilla assault in benghazi that killed the u.s. ambassador. >> u.s. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are condemning the attacks, vowing to bring justice to those involved in the killing. a group of marines has been deployed to libya. our reporter joins us now from washington. how is this situation playing out among the different parties when it comes to the presidential campaign? >> net romney inserted himself into this situation by issuing a statement last night here. he spoke about it today at a campaign event. [no audio] he said it was akin to an apology and the obama administration is sending mixed signals to the world. that juror a strong response from the president who did respond to it directly when he made a statement at the rose garden. he says romney has a tendency to shoot first. >> the obama administration is looking into whether to this was tied to the 9/11 anniversary. >> many in the intelligence
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Sep 16, 2012 10:00am EDT
today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any
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Sep 12, 2012 7:00am EDT
. but the bigger news is what we are learning about what happened yesterday in the city of benghazi. a libyan security official told nbc news that the u.s. ambassador, chris stevens, was killed when a mob, an armed mob attacked the consulate in benghazi yesterday. first they attacked the consulate with rpgs and then automatic rifles and then set the building on fire. this official says that the u.s. ambassador was holed up in some sort of room and apparently died of smoke inhalation. the u.s. state department has not officially confirmed his death, only saying that a u.s. official has been killed. >> and richard, do we know anything about the identity of the three others that were killed in that attack as well? are they americans, military personnel? >> reporter: we don't know. we know -- we've been told that the u.s. ambassador's body and three other bodies have been taken to the benghazi airport. there are some reports that at least one, perhaps all of them, may have been u.s. marines, but we have not been able to confirm that. our source is only saying that it was the ambassador. th
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Sep 30, 2012 10:00am EDT
happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, the libyan president said, no, in fact, al qaeda was behind this attack. and then days later, after ambassador rice is on this program and other programs, the president's spokesman jay carney says this. it is, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. well, if it was self-evident, why didn't the president call this exactly what it was, an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11? >> well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. information was being provided realtime. obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. and as ambassador rice was -- that was the information from the intelligence community.
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Sep 13, 2012 7:00am EDT
attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. i'm now overlooking cairo's famous tahrir square, where the protests were taking place. now a very different scene. there was an anti-american demonstration also clashes underway. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards firing tear gas at protesters trying to keep them away from the embassy walls. a very similar scene going -- taking place right now in the city of yemen in the capital of yemen, where protesters even managed to breach the compound walls. >> reporter:
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Sep 15, 2012 5:00am EDT
benghazi. >> they didn't just embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> the president and secretary of state were stoic but stalwart in the condemnation of an anti-mutua madrilena -- anti-muslim film. >> that's the concern, how quickly this thing spiraled out of door. >> lawmakers emerged from a closed door intelligence briefing no closer to an answer to what happened in libya. >> all of this is very fluid. >> the white house pushed back on reports that it failed to act on any warning. >> we were not aware of any actionable intelligence that an attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi was planned or imminent. >> we've learned the white house has asked youtube to review the inflammatory film in question to see if it's in compliance. >> officials at ohio's hiram college say the campus is declared safe following a search prompted by a bomb threat. there were also searches at a text in austin and fargo. calls were placed at about the same time warning of bombs there. students, faculty and staff at both schools moved out, local s.w.a.t. teams and federal agents rushed in, searching the cam
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Sep 18, 2012 4:30am EDT
investigation continues into the attack at our consulate in benghazi. the u.s., fbi cooperating in people helping christopher stevens. they ended up taking him in a private car. >> tracie potts for us in washington. thanks so much. >>> well, now here's a look at other stories making news today in america. in dallas, frightening video and it shows the moment when two women were struck by a hit and run driver and they drove down an embankment to escape. they had pulled over on a highway off ramp because of a flat tire. police were responding to that call when the hit and run happened right in front of them. the other driver remains on the loose joompt in georgia, an even more bizarre hit and run. someone plowed right into a house in the middle of the night while two people were inside. they didn't even know it happened until the next morning when they woke up and they found a good chunk of their house gone. >>> in oregon, rescuers did a perfect job of saving a kitten trapped beneath a basement in a drain pipe. it took firefighters and a plumber about six hours to free the little guy.
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Sep 12, 2012 6:00pm EDT
benghazi, libya. the president condemned the attack. >> make no mistake -- we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> the president was joined by hillary clinton and accompanied her to the state department to offer support to staff. >> this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed i asked myself, how could this happen? >> american officials are investigating whether with a planned strike to mark the 9/11 anniversary. other protests broke out at u.s. embassy in egypt over an islamist movie produced by california filmmaker. mitt romney criticized the administration for -- >> the appeared to issue an apology for american principles predellas a mistake. >> foreign-policy officials say with the mistake is making a campaign issue. >> it would have been wise to avoid that. >> in an interview, the president responded, saying it romney has a tendency to shoot first and think later. >> for more, you can stay tuned for nbc nightly news with brian williams beginning at 6:30. questions linger a day after an eighth grader brought a
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Sep 21, 2012 6:30pm EDT
people were killed. still, a result of that anti-muslim video. but in benghazi, libya, where the u.s. ambassador and three other americans were killed last week, a different kind of demonstration. thousands of libyans turned out to support the u.s., and even storming an islamic headquarters. >>> and now, a whirl wind week for aung san kyi, in which she was awarded the congressional gold medal on her first visit to the u.s. since she was freed after years under house arrest. nbc's ann curry sat down for a rare interview with her today, she is in her in the studio today. >> that is absolutely right, aung san kyi endured 15 years of house arrest, fighting for democracy in myanmar, separated from her husband who was dying, before she was finally released. we began by asking her about her meeting with president obama. >> it is a privilege, and it is also -- i like your president. >> reporter: did you ask him to lift economic sanctions s on burma? >> i have already discussed this with members of your congress. >> but you would like to see the economic sanctions lifted? >> yes, i would like
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Sep 16, 2012 11:00am EDT
consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond the statement i have made to you at this time. chris: david, he certainly looked presidential even then as a candidate. and by not talking at a time of confusion, if you will, this time, however, romney jumped. how do you look at that? >> ronald reagan sounded presidential precisely because he was calm, because he didn't attempt to assert himself. didn't try to take advantage. mitt romney sounded like a presidential candidate in that he was opportunist
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Sep 12, 2012 4:30am EDT
in benghazi after they clashed with armed muslim protesters throwing handmade bombs at the compound. the gun men were outraged at a film which criticizes islam and the prophet mohammed. while strongly condemning the attacks, secretary of state hillary clinton confirms that one state department officer was killed in the protest. >>> earlier tuesday anger over that same film boiled over at the u.s. embassy in cairo. thousands cheered while demonstrators pulled down the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic flag. >>> the white house is denying reports with a split with israel over iran's nuclear weapons program. president obama spoke on the telephone for an hour with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. they are reunited in their determination to stop iran from building a nuclear weapon. the statement refuted earlier reports that the president requested a meeting with netanyahu in washington next week. netanyahu wants specifics of what would provoke a u.s. military led strike against iranian nuclear facilities. >>> congress appears to be gridlocked in a battle over t
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Sep 14, 2012 11:00pm EDT
ceremony took place days after the group was killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. it was a solemn homecoming. the casket of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were finally carried home. president barack obama and hillary clinton met with the families of the victims, honoring their memories. >> today we bring home for americans who gave their lives for our country and our values. >> they did not simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. they embodied it. >> the president and secretary of state about justice and reiterated their condemnation of an anti-muslim film that triggered more deadly demonstrations overseas in more than one dozen countries. ater in sports, the o's and battle in the bronx. next, the summer drought has not negatively affected all crops,. . someg reat -- some great wine in time for the wine festival. >> a cold front headed our way. we will see how that impacts the weekend forecast. weekend forecast. 75 dow [ male announcer ] for the dreamers... and those well grounded. for what's around this corner... and the next. there's cash f
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Sep 14, 2012 4:30am EDT
benghazi have all been evacuated to tripoli. there there are only emergency staff working in the embassy as there are fears today across the pond and here about more violence in the region. more demonstrations overnight. more tear gas. more rocks thrown at police. so far, more than 200 have been injured in protests at 11 u.s. compounds and despite a call for calm by egypt's president, there's concern about more violence today after friday prayer. >> we are going to bring those who killed our fellow americans to justice. >> reporter: the fbi is sending a team from new york to germany, then ben ghazbenghazi. they said they're looking for more. >> we have to protect our people. we have to protect the americans. >> reporter: secretary of state hillary clinton identified the two security guards who were killed. >> they were good and great men. they were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of libya. >> reporter: in washington and on the campaign trail, republicans are pushing the obama administration. >> the world needs american leadership. >> no mixed signals.
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Sep 14, 2012 7:00am EDT
made in connection with tuesday's deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. more from tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and they have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country, but they are not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly attack. what we do know is according to libyan officials some of these individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protest which officials here say was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simple police an outburst or a spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s., but rather a coordinated planned attack that way exploited by militant groups perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. that report from tripoli this morning with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03. here's david. >>> thank you. the violent anti-ameri
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Sep 25, 2012 6:30pm EDT
benghazi were attacks on americans. there should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringi ini them to justice. and on this we must agree. >> reporter: president obama also drew a line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at iran for the last four years, is iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer, iraq is closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a media day for both president obama and mitt romney. whether physically in new york or on tv. and both trying to one up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple of days for that b
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Sep 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
an attack on the u.s. consulate in the libyan city of benghazi. >> they did not simply embrace the american ideal. they lived it. they invited it. >> the president and secretary of state were stoic but stored in their condemnation of an anti-muslim film that triggered more deadly demonstrations overseas in more than a dozen countries. >> that is the concern, how quickly things spiraled out of control. and on capitol hill, lawmakers emerged from a closed-door intelligence briefing, no closer to a motive in libya. >> again, all this is still very fluid. >> the white house pushed back on reports that it failed to act on any kind of warning. >> we were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the u.s. mission was planned or imminent. >> meantime, we have learned the white house has reportedly asked youtube to review the inflammatory film in question to see if it is in compliance. >> thanks. threats of a loss of of being made against the woman who came forward in a sexual harassment case against john leopold. barry semmeses live in the newsroom. who is makin
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Sep 20, 2012 4:30am EDT
. consulate in benghazi where four americans died evidence the u.s. continues to be vul neshl to terrorist attacks. >> they were killed in the course of a terrorist attack. >> reporter: much else remains unanswered or under dispute. >> we are looking at indications that individuals involved in the attack may have connections to al qaeda. >> reporter: was the attack planned like the libyan government insists or was it spontaneous like u.s. intelligence officials believe? >> i just don't think that people come to protestee equipped with rpgs and other heavy weapons. >> we are conducting interviews, gathering evidence and trying to sort out the facts. >> reporter: as investigators sort out the facts, the families of those men killed are laying their loved ones to rest. republican senator susan collins says this could have been prevented had the consulate been better protected. >> i'm stunned and a flauld wasn't better security. >> reporter: one of the many factors under consideration. i'm danielle leigh, nfc news. >>> france has closed embassies in 20 countries in anticipation over islamic pr
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Sep 26, 2012 4:30am EDT
. diplomat who loved libya but who was murdered there. his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocence. there's no video that justifies an attack on an embassy. >> reporter: there was no sympathy from the president, but he called for a deeper look into the root causes of anti-u.s. muslim rioting and demanded muslim leaders do more now. >> it is time to marginalize those who, even when not directly resorting to violence, use hatred of america or the west or israel as the central organizing principle of politics. >> reporter: iran's president, ahmadinejad, called for elimination of israel. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: israeli prime minister netanyahu publicly pushed president obama. he didn't. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy and we believe there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york saying not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we can do as
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Sep 11, 2012 6:30pm EDT
been another attack. that one in benghazi, the u.s. consulate demonstrators angried by the film, tried to burn it down. the u.s. state department says all staff have been accounted for. >> richard engel on this explosion of violence just today. thanks. >>> there's a new flairup between the u.s. and israel over iran. what seems to have set this off, recent remarks by secretary of state hillary clinton, she said the u.s. would not set deadlines or name so-called red line limits that can't be crossed concerning iran's nuclear activities. netanyahu of israel fired back today, saying those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. and we learned today, the president is not going to meet with netanyahu when he comes to address the u.n. here in new york later this month. >>> in the city of chicago, the third largest in our country, another day of no school and no options for parents and students there. the teachers strike has now stretched through day two. and again tonight, thousands gathered and
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Sep 18, 2012 11:00pm EDT
the possibility of last week's attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi being planned. at this point, they say they have no information to indicate that. rex -- >> fund-raiser fallout for the mitt romney campaign. the entire video for his controversial remarks at a fund- raiser in florida made online. at a utah fund-raiser, he made no in the dimension of the incident but paul ryan today said that mitt romney was obviously inarticulate and with the election in less than two months, many analysts believe he has time to make a course correction. >> it is going to be tough. the challenge for him is he has a few weeks before the first presidential debate. he has to right the ship a little bit. >> mitt romney does not apologize for his remarks, instead clamming a great divide between his opponent, president obama, police said believed in redistributing wealth while he some self -- who said he believes in -- giving wealth. >> an exclusive look at the boat to the white house with a visit from c-span. to the at the votroad white house with a visit from c- span. rex -- >> and this is a politic
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Sep 29, 2012 8:00am EDT
spokesman for the u.s. director of national intelligence now says the attack in benghazi was deliberate and organized. some of those involved, he says, were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al qaeda. it's a big change from the administration's original claim. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: now the republican chairman of the house homeland security committee says ambassador rice should step down. >> either she's intentionally misleading the american people and she should resign for that, or she's unqualified to be u.n. ambassador and she got the facts as wrong as she did and she should resign for that. >> reporter: but the white house's ambassador rice was simply offering the best information available at the time. pete williams, nbc washington. >>> prosecutors say before james holmes went on that deadly shooting rampage in a colorado movie theater, he had been barred from the university of colorado for threatening a professor. court documents are rais
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Sep 20, 2012 5:00am EDT
. >> top u.s. security officials are calling the killings at the u.s. consulate in benghazi last week a terrorist attack. three top u.s. security officials said the attack is evidence the u.s. continues to be vulnerable to terrorist attacks. while investigators work to sort out the facts, the family of the four men killed are laying their loved ones to rest. but the prosecutors to get additional charges during here's --a hearing today. he allegedly shot and killed 12 people in july and wounded 58 others during a midnight showing of the latest bad man moving. -- batman movie. >> the house government reform committee will hold a hearing this morning on operation fast and jerry's. comes in response to a report released wednesday from the justice -- from the inspector general. there is no evidence eric holder approval of the tactics or even knew about them. earlier this year, the committee held a contempt of congress to -- for his failure to produce documents. >> 5:11. 50 at be dead . millions of iphone 5's sold during pre orders, customers will not have to wait a little longer. >> when i
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Sep 28, 2012 6:30pm EDT
on americans in benghazi. the unanswered questions that are not going away. and the new demand for answers. >>> hitting home, a stark reminder today of the struggle so many americans are facing, even if they have a job. >>> where is jimmy hoffa, an enduring american mystery, tonight, why they're digging into the evidence. >>> and an extraordinary suggestion from the head of apple. >>> and making a difference, under the friday night lights, something everybody can hear about. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, i'm savannah guthrie, in tonight for brian. it has been more than two weeks since the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. tonight, a rare reversal, tonight, the intelligence officials say they originally got it wrong. patience, with the investigation, and shifting explanations from the administration. tonight, members of congress from both parties are demanding answers, and on the ground in libya, the american officials sent to piece this case together can't even get to the scene of the attack. we begin toni
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Sep 14, 2012 6:30pm EDT
erupted in what is the cradle of spring, and in benghazi, the attack that killed four americans, including the first ambassador to die in decades. this was a somber day at andrew's air force base as the four americans came home, as the leaders of their government looked on. it is where we begin our coverage tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: to the mournful tones of "nearer my god to thee," the caskets came home, four public servants, arriving to the embrace of family and the secretary of state, brought together in grief. >> today, we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country, and our values. >> reporter: four americans, the president said, who knew the danger and accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> glenn dougherty never shied from adventure, he believed in his life he could make a difference, by the calling as a navy seal. >> reporter: multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. >> he had the arms of a healer and warrior. earning the distinction as a certified medic. >> reporter: sean smith
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Sep 17, 2012 6:30pm EDT
americans, including ambassador christopher stevens at the u.s. embassy compound in benghazi, libya, new reporting tonight on the security situation before the fatal attack. >> reporter: today, the burned out consulate in benghazi is sealed off, and security is tight. but why was there not more security the 94 americans were killed? over the weekend, the ambassador, susan rice claims, there was a strong security presence at the consulate. >> we had security personnel in benghazi, a significant number, and tragically, must be the four were two u.s. security personnel. >> reporter: but other sources cont contradit that account, saying that they saved lives, and were not in libya to provide personal security for the embassy or for consulate personnel. and u.s. officials say consulate security consisted of a u.s. regional security officer and a local militia, known as the february 17th group, which guarded the outpost. the embassy, chris stevens, often had little security personnel detail. >> the security there was very low, i would characterize it as no security whatsoever. shocking an
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Sep 20, 2012 6:30pm EDT
were wrong. jay carney said i think that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. president obama was asked at that at a forum today. >> what we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm u.s. interests. >> reporter: intelligence officials now believe it could have been a planned attack all along, looking like a protest. today, officials briefed top members of congress. >> i think the story now is that there was not a demonstration. this was a pre-planned attack. >> reporter: but after the killings, the administration blamed it on protests sparked by the anti-islamist video. >> what happened in benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to what had happened hours before in cairo. >> reporter: franchiustrated, j mccain lashed out at officials for not pointing to al qaeda members. >> i was shocked they thought it was a spontaneous demonstration. it shows the level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks and militant operations. >>
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Sep 13, 2012 6:00am EDT
benghazi left cars and burned to ashes and four americans dead, including ambassador chris stevens, president obama as bowling vengeance. >> as for the ones we loss last night i will assure you we will bring the killers to justice. >> these warships are on their way to the libyan coast, as well as dozens of marines and fbi evidence teams as the u.s. disc -- whether the violence was actually planned. >> the question is, was there a series underlying extremists or terrorist act and if so, home. >> we cannot say for sure or for certain it is an al-qaeda event. it has all the hallmarks. but we could determine overtime their baby another organization. >> muslim activists denounced the attacks. >> i condemn them and to note that they are not in keeping with the principles of the islamic printable of justice. >> on the floor of congress, senator john mccain cautioned the libyan assault does not represent the people. >> that is not the real libya. the libya chris stevens knew and learned to love so well. >> the state department has issued a travel and a rise against libya. we are seeing th
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Sep 26, 2012 6:30pm EDT
, ohio tonight, thank you. >>> we're learning more about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, which killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the obama administration says it was a planned terrorist attack, and the fbi is investigating a possible al qaeda link, and an issue that secretary of state hillary clinton discussed total. meanwhile, ann curry set down with the president of libya to discuss the situation. >> reporter: would you call the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that. and it is a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against american citizens. >> reporter: you're confirming that rpgs were used in the original attack? >> mortars -- >> reporter: they were used in the attack? >> yes. >> reporter: and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about 500. >> reporter: and you were saying they're fired with such accuracy that this could not have been done by somebody who didn't have experience? >> experience and knew what he was doing. >> reporter: and this is what is helping to convince you that t
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Sep 13, 2012 12:00pm EDT
benghazi, killing the ambassador. >> hundreds of protesters turned on police after storming the u.s. embassy in sanaa. the aggression is spreading through the middle east in egypt, tunisia, and iraq. the attack in benghazi killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. >> we are closely watching what is happening in yemen and elsewhere. >> secretary of state hillary clinton also spoke harshly of the amateur video made in the u.s. that sparked it all. many have called it blasphemous towards islam. >> this video is disgusting and reprehensible. >> during "the today show," john mccain said that he believes the attacks were organized and that ambassador stevens was a target. >> the indications of how this attack was carried out indicate that that is the case. >> the u.s. is working with the government of libya to figure out who was responsible for the attack. and nbc national security analyst predicts that bringing the perpetrators to justice may not be an easy road. >> ultimately, we are going to be very reliant on the government of libya. >> still to come, if you think you
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Sep 13, 2012 6:00pm EDT
mob attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> we are very cautious about drawing any conclusions with regard to who the perpetrators were, what their motivations were. but the pentagon sent two warships closer to libya, but offered few specifics. >> we are prepared to respond to any contingency. we have not been assigned a specific mission pear cracks in the gun officials say they will assist with the investigation if called upon. nikole killion, wbal-tv 11 news. >> members of the maryland council met -- at the maryland muslim council met to condemn the violence in libya and egypt. >> we want to emphasize that this is no way allowed in our religion of islam. anyone who doesn't is not doing the right thing. we stand with our american brothers and sisters in condemning this violence. >> the nightly news team is tracking the tensions abroad. stay tuned for live coverage from overseas blush reaction from washington. >> state delegate tiffany alston and state prosecutors have reached an agreement to resolve the two criminal cases against her without going to trial. she is accused of u
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Sep 13, 2012 10:00pm EDT
city we helped save from destruction? >> as the libyan president flew to benghazi to visit the destroyed consulate today, he said he deeply regretted the loss of life. >> we're doing our best to bring them to justice. >> the attack showed he does not have complete control of his country. in cairo where the united states turned its back on its old friend hosni mubarak, radicals are troying to destroy the embassy with running battles with riot police in tahrir square, tear gas and stones. it's ironic that with american diplomats inside the embassy who helped to give these demonstrators, these protestors a voice and allowed them to actually carry out this anti-american clashes that we're seeing right now. so what did washington think would happen if he won? as the new egyptian president morsi was campaigning to lead the world's biggest arab country in elections the u.s. supported, he used radical creatures to stump for him. >> without a doubt he doesn't support the violence. >> ed hussein, a former muslim extremist is now with the council on foreign relations. >> what motivates th
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Sep 13, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. consulate in benghazi, libya, that left the u.s. ambassador and three other americans dead. first ambassador murdered on the job in a generation. some of this is coming from an anti-islamic film made here in the u.s. and it appears there is violence aimed across the country in a big region. we begin tonight with our chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, who is back, where by the way they're reporting 200 injuries today. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian, clashes are still continuing here, even at this late hour near the u.s. embassy, and they were not the only ones in this region. this mess in the middle east is not over yet. the protesters in yemen set out to destroy the american embassy, to punish onto insult against islam. protesters climbed the perimeter fence, undeterred by the yemen security forces who tried to keep them back, with water tanks. the crowds pushed forward, and managed to get inside the embassy parking lot. smashing windows, torching vehicles, using a forklift to do even more damage. this time, the u.s. embassy was prepared, staff was moved to
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Sep 13, 2012 4:30am EDT
>>> this morning on early today, murder in benghazi. president obama vows justice will be done after the horrific killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya. >>> money out the window. bank robbery suspects hurl cash after a high speed chase. > and baby buzz, what kate has been turning down that's > and baby buzz, what kate has been turning down that's sparking pregnancy rumors. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm mara schiavocampo. today we begin with firing back. in response to deadly attacks in libya that killed a u.s. ambassador u.s. war slips been sent to the coast and an elite group of marines will ramp up security. all of this as the obama administration responds to criticism from republican rifle mitt romney while investigating whether the attacks were specifically coordinated to take place on the anniversary of 9/11. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> reporter: in cairo, another demonstration at the u.s. embassy. and after what happened in libya, president obama was harsh. in an interview on telemundo. >> they don't have tradition
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Sep 15, 2012 7:00am EDT
benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveillance. but as we've seen in the past, one of the more difficult things here on the ground i
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Sep 26, 2012 7:00am EDT
. >> reporter: would you call the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against american citizens. >> reporter: what is your evidence that it was a pre-planned act of terrorism? >> number one, is choosing the date, 11th of september. it has all the significance. we take the facts about the way it was executed. can you see there's enough proof that it is a pre-planned act of terrorism. >> reporter: describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means the perpetrators must have had some kind of exercise on how to hit and launch these rockets. >> reporter: you're confirming that rpgs were used in the initial attack. >> mortars. >> reporter: mortars were use in the subsequent attack. >> at the safe house, yes. >> reporter: and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five. >> reporter: and you're saying these were fired with such accucy. >> yes. >> reporter: that this could not have
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